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The Living Bridge

In North East India just north of Bangladesh is the province of Meghalaya. 

 

This is an astounding video that shows a (literally) natural way that local people have adapted to an incredibly flood-prone environment.  The organic building materials prevent erosion and keep people in contact during times of flood.  The living bridges are truly a sight to behold. 

 

Tags: environment, environment adapt, SouthAsia, water, weather climate, indigenous.


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This video is so cool. It shows the indigenous people using the enviroment to the fullest. THese resourceful people do not even kill the tree when they use it to build the living bridges to cross over the rough waters. They actually have a community of living bridges that help the people to get from point a to point b safely. They keep the bridges alives by intertwinning them with one another to hold them up across the water. THe video itself is too cool, especially that people even thought of this!

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Shelby Porter's curator insight, December 11, 2013 9:46 PM

An amazing use of the surroundings these people have! These people have been dealt a hand that may seem hard to deal with, but they have figured out a way to adapt and work with and use the environment instead of trying to go around it. To avoid building a new bridge every year because of the monsoons, this man has worked with nature to build something incredible and sustainble. He is not afraid of the weather any longer, he actually seeks its help in the aide of his growing bridge. This truely is an amazing sight to see!

Maegan Connor's curator insight, December 17, 2013 10:16 PM

This is so, so awesome.  These people have suffered at the hands of nature for generations and now they have figured out how to use nature to solve the problem.  They have constructed bridges with trees that takes hundreds of years to fully form so they pass it through their family generations to make life easier.  India endures a harrowing monsoon season with many floods and landslides every year and these bridges will help the people to carry on with their lives above the river's reach. These people indigeous to the region deserve so much credit for the innovative ways they have discovered to deal with nature in it's angriest forms.

Nathan Chasse's curator insight, April 11, 11:01 PM

This video shows how innovative people can be due to physical geography. In Northeast India, monsoon season creates raging rivers and floods which destroy the banks and wash away any normal bridges. The people of the Meghalaya province have devised a creative solution which solves both problems. By planting strangling fig plants, the roots reinforce the river banks and are then coaxed across the river creating a living bridge which can last for centuries.

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Gallery of Tombolos

Pictures of these rare sandbars that extend to a nearshore island.

 

Coastal physical geography produces beautiful landforms...these tombolos (some famous like Mont St. Michel) provide visual examples of numerous geomorphological processes. 


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12 of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World

12 of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World | Geography World News | Scoop.it

This is a great set of images that show coastal processes for a geomorphology or physical geography class.  Pictured above is Palm Bay, Australia, which also happens to show fluvial processes as well.  


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What An Amazing Dam. Wait... What's That? Are Those...? No Way!

What An Amazing Dam. Wait... What's That? Are Those...? No Way! | Geography World News | Scoop.it
Well, that is unexpected to say the very least. Wow.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 30, 2013 6:04 PM

I don't want to spoil this...click on the link and scroll down.  This reminds me that some species are adapted to survive in some of the most extreme environments.

megan b clement's comment, December 15, 2013 11:20 PM
These are goats that walk on the walls of the damn. They lick the walls for the salt and minerals. The pictures are crazy looking at the goats walking on what looks like no walking room at all.
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Top 20 Earth Images

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With five satellites scanning the globe, DigitalGlobe has collected impressive imagery of planet Earth this year. Check out their top 20 images here.

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Alex Schaerer's curator insight, December 5, 2013 11:50 AM

Incredible images of Mother Earth. It is all of our responsibility to look past our short term existence here to ensure that she flourishes for millenia for our future generations. 

Joy Kinley's curator insight, December 6, 2013 10:49 AM

The views of Earth from Space are fascinating.  Mountains, deserts, volcanoes, islands all seen from above.  My favorite is the city of Aleppo. What is yours?

megan b clement's comment, December 15, 2013 11:31 PM
Five satellites have taken some of the most amazing photos of amazing places all over the world. The photos show the beauty of each place some places i never even knew existed.
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Typhoon Haiyan Before & After

Typhoon Haiyan Before & After | Geography World News | Scoop.it
View interactive before and after images showing the devastation Typhoon Haiyan has caused in Tacloban City, Philippines.

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megan b clement's comment, December 15, 2013 11:35 PM
Looking upfront at the before and after the typhoon hit the Philipines right on the coast line. The coast was completly wiped out and destructed it looked as though nothing was ever there. Not only were homes and businesses destructed but over 2500 people were killed in this natural disaster.
Joseph Thacker 's curator insight, April 19, 10:50 PM

By viewing the before and after images, one can see how destructive this typhoon was. Almost every building was absolutely destroyed and the damage looks overwhelming. Disaster's such as this can really set a country back, as the damage appears to be costly. Although sad to look at, these images were informational. 

Tracy Galvin's curator insight, May 3, 7:01 PM

A great set of photos to show the great destructive force of a storm on coastlines. The Philippines are a bunch of small islands made up of primarily coastlines so this typhoon destroyed huge amounts of the country.

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Growing Diversity of Orange County, Calif., Shows Up in Food

Growing Diversity of Orange County, Calif., Shows Up in Food | Geography World News | Scoop.it
A Vietnamese immigrant inspired by the tastes of Mexico is par for the course in this part of Southern California.
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megan b clement's comment, October 13, 2013 2:14 AM
"The article discusses the fusion of two different cultures: Vietnamese and Mexican. It also shows how times are changing; our country is growing and becoming more and more diversified everyday. In this case you can see this in Southern California in their food alone. Growing up and being exposed to different cultures they do begin to blend, but still sticking to your original roots and traditions. "
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The North Pole is on thin ice

The North Pole is on thin ice | Geography World News | Scoop.it
While the world’s political leaders have left the negotiating table again without an agreement to reduce greenhouse gases, the Arctic has greater problems than ever – 75 percent of the sea ice has disappeared.

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"The North Pole ice thinning, another over looked issue, has risen to the surface. Over the past 100 years 50-75% of the sea ice has disappeared. Old ice, which is formed over several years, has been replaced with new ice. New ice come and goes through the year it was formed. Travel has been accelerated in the North Pole due to thinner ice. It makes you think about if these circumstances worsen where will it leave the marine life or animals who inhabit this region. What will be the result in the years to come if we continue to over look this issue?"

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The Sockeye's Secret Compass

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After two years at sea, salmon find their way back to their native river by sensing a familiar magnetic field, researchers say.
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megan b clement's comment, September 10, 2013 12:51 PM
"In recent studies of sockeye salmon and their travels to the natal stream it has been shown that trout, who are amongst the same family of the sockeye salmon, have tiny iron crystals in the nose. These crystals allow the fish to detect changes in the earths magnetic field. Studies show that sockeye salmon can find their ways to the stream by memory of the magnetic landscape of the river. Its pretty crazy that they can use the crystals in helping them find their way to natal stream to spawn, from anywhere from 4,000 to 5,000 miles. It has also been studied that many animals use the magnetic fields to navigate their way. They swim and wait for the same magnetic signal intensity they remember from before.
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#thehubisnotaplayground Hits Penn State After Offensive Tweet

#thehubisnotaplayground Hits Penn State After Offensive Tweet | Geography World News | Scoop.it
An offensive tweet this afternoon sparked the amazing #thehubisnotaplayground Twitter hashtag.

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Denise Pacheco's curator insight, September 24, 2013 10:49 AM

I understand why she posted this because she probably was trying to focus/study, but she definitely did not need to take it to the extreme. I'm so sick of people being racist or making stereotypical remarks. Black people are not the only ones who are loud all the time. Spanish people and white people can be just as loud at times. And who cares if they are? Whatever happened to freedom of speech and expression? These minority students pay for tuition just like everyone else. So I feel like they should be able to do as they please and enjoy college because that's what it's all about at the end of the day. Sorry Ashley, if you don't like it then go sit/stand somewhere else. 

Rola Fahs's curator insight, November 13, 2013 10:37 AM

This link might be too provocative for a freshman or sophomore class, but when doing a unit on technology in a geography class, links like these that show how technology should not be used, is a perfect way to teach students a lesson on responsibilty. I would recommend this to all teachers that plan to use technology in their classrooms and show the affects when technology is used the wrong way. Technology is the best thing we have but it is also the worst thing. As teachers we can use this to instill responsibility in our students and show them what happens when things like that are said. 

megan b clement's comment, December 15, 2013 11:39 PM
I think that this is complete ignorance. People who were never taught not to think before they think, she clearly was not. It was not only ignorant, but racist. I hope there was consequences to her actions.
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Powerful Nor'easter Coming Together

Powerful Nor'easter Coming Together | Geography World News | Scoop.it
A massive winter storm is coming together as two low pressure systems are merging over the U.S. East Coast. A satellite image from NOAA's GOES-13 satellite on Feb. 8 shows a western frontal system approaching the coastal low pressure area.

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the picture shows the storm surge coming through to the North East and how the pressure builds.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 8, 2013 7:13 PM

This NASA "image of the day" of the Nor'eastern shows the scope and impact of the storm quite vividly. 

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Top 10 Beaches

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Top 10 Beaches from National Geographic...

 

I'd glady go to any of these gorgeous spots to appreciate the geographic marvels.  If you could only go to one travel destination (and had an unlimited budget), where would you choose to go?  How come?


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Pink Lakes

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Photo by Jean Paul Ferrero/Ardea/Caters News (via Exposing the Truth   Lake Hillier is a pink-coloured lake on Middle Island in Western Australia. Middle island is the largest of the islands a...

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This is a photo of a pink lake that really exists in Western Australia. The color of the lake is pink due to the high salinity composition and the lake is filled with algae that cause the water to turn a pink pigment. I never even heard of this before nor if i saw this picture think that this is one of many pink lakes that really exist.

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Jessica Rieman's curator insight, April 23, 6:01 PM

This lake is so majestic and beautiful but how does it have this pink color? Well it gets the pink color from the sand it is surrounded by and is one of the largest Middle islands in Australia. 

Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, April 24, 8:13 PM

This beautiful lake is a phenomenon the reason for its color is still unknown but it makes a very memorable lake!

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 1, 10:44 AM

The cause of the pink lake is still a mystery. Scientists believe the pink could be due to lack of nutrients or other substances. I think this is truly remarkable! Its beautiful to say the least. 

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Iceland grieves after police kill a man for the first time in its history

Iceland grieves after police kill a man for the first time in its history | Geography World News | Scoop.it
Iceland made history this week, but not in a good way. For the first time since the nation became an independent republic, armed police shot and killed a man, startling a population accustomed to peace.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, December 5, 2013 8:58 AM

Draw you own conclusions about what this says about Iceland, modern violence and how this compares to your own country.

megan b clement's comment, December 15, 2013 11:27 PM
A fifty nine year old man was killed after police entered his building. The man had a history of mental illness. Its the first time someone has been killed by the police here since 1944. The police apologized to the family this country has never really had any issues with the police at least up until now.
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Rapid Landscape Change

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BOULDER, Colo. -- National Guard helicopters were able to survey parts of Highway 34 along the Big Thompson River Saturday. Here are some images of the destruction along the roadway.

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Byron Northmore's curator insight, November 29, 2013 8:57 AM

CD 4: The human causes and effects of landscape degradation

Victoria McNamara's curator insight, December 12, 2013 12:59 PM

By looking at these pictures you can see that the water just completely ruined this road. The road sunk in and collapsed as well. Will this road ever be safe to drive on again if it gets fixed?

megan b clement's comment, December 15, 2013 11:24 PM
National helicopters caught these pictures along the Thompson river while the water rages next to a road. The destruction of the water and its erosion had deteriorated the road.
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Twitter, Addiction, and Changing Social Norms

Twitter, Addiction, and Changing Social Norms | Geography World News | Scoop.it
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"In the article they dicuss that Twitter is altering social norms. People on twitter write, post, and blog about things they would not normally do. We post inappropriate pictures of ourselves, write obscene things, and post pictures of drugs on the internet. It is as if all social and cultural norms that we normal abide by go out the window. "

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Kids get more exercise in smart growth neighborhoods

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Children who live in smart growth neighborhoods, designed to improve walkability, get 46 percent more moderate or vigorous physical activity than those who live in conventional neighborhoods, finds a new study.
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"These smart growth neighborhoods are designed to help children to improve physical activity. They studied children after seven days and after anaylzing would try and get them to add ten minutes to their outdoor activity. By encouraging children and teens to play outdoors and get more excercise it helps them to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I support the idea to get children outdoors more rather than watching tv for hours or playing on their phones all night." 

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Courtney Burns's curator insight, December 7, 2013 9:33 PM

It really is amazing how much location can effect a persons life. In this article researchers did a study on children's physical activity. What they found was that children who grew up in smart growth neighboorhoods got 10 more minutes of exercise than kids who do not. Kids these days seem to be getting less and less physical activity with all of the technology we use now. So 10 extra minutes really adds up and makes an impact in a childs life. This all has to do with the location of where a child lives. It is amazing how much location plays a part in peoples lives without them even realizing. I bet no one would have ever even really though kids in smart growth neighborhoods would get more exercise if a study like this wasn't done. Studies like this may make parents more aware of where they decide to buy a home. It really is amazing the impact location makes on a persons life!

 

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The end of nature?

The end of nature? | Geography World News | Scoop.it
It isn’t the first time I’ve been to Usinsk in the very north of Russia, so I shouldn’t be surprised — but once again, I’m shocked.

 

An interesting look at some environmental issues in the far north of Russia (and when Russians think that it's far north, it's REALLY far north).


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"The people of Usinsk have seem to have lost everything. Their once beautiful nature, land, animals, and people as well. Men who used to hunt have lost their supply, animals who lived here have died off, and people who have assisted to help clean the land have also become casualities to the oil spills. You can smell the toxic oil in the air and see the damage done over time."

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Stacey Jackson's curator insight, March 16, 2013 10:41 PM

This story is being told again and again around the world. Major corporations swoop in, take over natural resources, make enormous profits, completely devastate a region and destroy a way of life for indigenous people. The documentary Crude (2009) tells the same story of oil spills destroying a community in Ecuador and their struggle for justice.

Denise Pacheco's curator insight, September 24, 2013 11:13 AM

It's horrifying to see such a large space go to such waste thanks to toxic oil spills. Business / people have no respect for nature. This space could have been used to build homes, start a new business , or even for agricultural purpose. The government should step in and clean this up because this land can help boost their economy as well if they put it to good use. It's mind over matter! They need to get to work on this ASAP!

Cam E's curator insight, February 18, 11:35 AM

I never thought of the impact of on-land oil spills, usually it's only something I'd think occurred in the oceans, but I understand now that oil spreading throughout the soil and forests can have an effect just as disastrous.

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Pass Atlas: A Map of Where NFL Quarterbacks Throw the Ball

Pass Atlas: A Map of Where NFL Quarterbacks Throw the Ball | Geography World News | Scoop.it

"Football’s analytics are evolving quickly. Thanks to new forms of data and emerging kinds of analyses, teams, media, and fans are gaining new insights into on-field performances."


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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, September 30, 2013 12:27 PM
Esri did a map of some stars successful and unsuccessful passes. I think it was Magic Johnson. Pretty interesting!
Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, September 30, 2013 12:27 PM
Esri did a map of some stars successful and unsuccessful passes. I think it was Magic Johnson. Pretty interesting!
megan b clement's comment, December 15, 2013 11:42 PM
This article explains how people come up with the statistics that they can for each player. Using spatial thinking anaylsts can figure out where a player is best on the field. Where players "sweet spots" are on the field or where a player is most effective when playing. It is crazy how people even thought of this.